FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2020
CONTACT: Lorne Currier, (802) 241-8329
Join a Hike on Winter Trails Day
WATERBURY CENTER, VT., – The Green Mountain Club, the maintainer and protector of Vermont’s Long Trail, is hosting its 24th annual Winter Trails Day on Saturday, March 7, 2020.
Winter Trails Day, based at the Green Mountain Club Visitor Center on Route 100 in Waterbury Center, features 13 free, guided group hikes for every ability, winter skills workshops, free snowshoe and microspike demos courtesy of Outdoor Gear Exchange, a campfire and s’mores, and children’s activities, followed by an après celebration sponsored by Burlington Beer Company and The Pizza Joint. Hikes include Camel’s Hump, Beaver Meadow Lodge, Mount Hunger, Bingham Falls, a 20s & 30s Hike to Sterling Pond, and a Baby & Toddler hike on the Short Trail right on GMC’s campus. Hikes will leave from GMC between 8:30 AM and 1:00 PM.
Green Mountain Club staff and volunteers will be on-site all day to assist visitors with registration, trail information, and winter hiking tips. Workshops include Winter Preparedness, Animal Tracking, and a Children’s Obstacle Race. There will also be trivia and a GMC archives display.
“Winter Trails Day is an excellent opportunity for community members to experience winter hiking, learn about the outdoors, and meet new people,” says Volunteer and Education Coordinator Lorne Currier. “The Green Mountain Club is excited to offer options for everyone to enjoy the winter, from all-day hikes to the top of Vermont’s iconic peaks to a children’s obstacle course with campfire and s’mores.”
Participants are encouraged to bring layers of warm winter clothing, plenty of water, and snacks and/or lunch for their hikes. Snowshoes and/or microspikes are recommended. Snowshoe and microspike demos are available for the hikes for those who don’t have their own (first come, first served).
Hiking snacks are being provided by Cabot Cheese, Lake Champlain Chocolates, and Nature Valley. Exciting raffle prizes are being provided by Green Mountain Club, Burlington Beer Company, Outdoor Gear Exchange, Jay Peak Resort, Mad River Glen, The Mountain Goat, REI Co-op, Trapp Family Lodge, Tubbs Snowshoes, VT State Parks, and Waterbury Sports. Thank you to all our sponsors.
Established in 1910 to build the Long Trail, the Green Mountain Club is a member-supported private non-profit organization. The GMC is dedicated to maintaining and protecting Vermont’s historic Long Trail, Appalachian Trail, and trails in the Northeast Kingdom. Every year more than 1,000 volunteers work so that future generations will enjoy the 500-mile Long Trail System. Contact the Green Mountain Club to learn more or to become a member.